Earlier this month, Mozilla released a new version of its free — and still excellent — email client: Thunderbird 78.0.
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Notable changes in Thunderbird 78.0
A total of fourteen security vulnerabilities are addressed in Thunderbird 78.0. That means it’s a good idea to install the new version as soon as possible; email clients are a popular attack vector for malware.
- The compose window has been reworked subtly, to improve usability.
- The recipient address fields (To, Cc, and Bcc) have been changed so that addresses are parsed into ‘pills’, and take less space.
- The account setup screens have been changed to make them easier to understand.
- The mail folder icons have been updated and can now be assigned custom colours.
- On Windows, Thunderbird can now be minimized to the tray (aka the notification area) at the end of the task bar.
- There’s now a global search box on the main window’s title bar. The display of global search results has been improved.
The release notes and What’s New page for Thunderbird 78.0 describe all the changes in the new version.
Getting Thunderbird 78.0
The new version is not yet available through the built-in updater, but it can be freely downloaded and installed from its main download page. If you’re already using Thunderbird and want to upgrade to 78.0, you can install it from the main download page and it will update your current version, leaving all your settings intact.
Mozilla released Thunderbird 78.0.1 a few days after 78.0. The new version addresses a few problems introduced by 78.0. That’s the version you’ll get if you go to the main Thunderbird download page.
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If you like the convenience of mail in the cloud but prefer a dedicated email client, then this one is for you. Mozilla has one of the best compromises available. Thunderbird for Windows is one of the best email clients and it has all of the benefits of one of the best browsers in the world.
Mozilla Thunderbird's Mail Account Setup Wizard helps you quickly and easily setup access to your mail accounts. Prior to this feature being here, you had to know your IMAP, SMTP, and SSL/TLS settings. Now all you need to provide is your name, email address, and password. Once entered, the email account set up wizardry will check our database and find the email settings for you. Moments later, you have access to your mail account.
If you've used Firefox, Thunderbird will be familiar to you, as the interfaces are similar – both are tabbed. The user experience is similar and users of one will find it easy to use the other. In fact, the user experience across all Mozilla apps are similar, and users on any platform will be instantly at home. Double clicking on any individual message will open it. You can keep multiple emails open at one time, without cluttering up your screen. A tab menu on the Tab toolbar helps you switch between tabs. When you exit Thunderbird, open tabs will be saved; and will be restored when you reopen Thunderbird.
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Conclusion: Thunderbird is simple and easy to use. Once installed, keeping it up to date is easy, as updates are automatically pushed to your PC. With its One Click address book you can easily add contacts from the messages you receive. The app is easy to use and offers a wealth of features that make it one of the best Windows email clients available. The fact that it's free just makes this a no brainer.